History of GRMA
The Association was formed in 1935 in response to a government policy to reduce maternal mortality by using skilled attendants through the District Midwifery Initiative. Following that, interested midwives were assisted financially to establish maternity homes. Seeing the need for a common platform for midwives to raise issues and support one another, the Association was officially formed at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. Known then as the Gold Coast Midwives Union, the Association was the first in Sub-Saharan Africa to join the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and continues to be a member in good standing to this day
In its 80-year history, GRMA has achieved many milestones on behalf of midwifery in Ghana and beyond. And the Association continues today to promote the development of the profession and provide the perspective of midwives to the national health policy agenda.
Past achievements have included:
- Facilitating USAID’s Saving Maternity Homes in Ghana project resulting in the transformation of 22 homes in six regions of Ghana.
- Hosting the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Africa Congress in 2007.
- Successfully advocating for the scope of the midwife to include Post Abortion Care, Syndromic Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS as routine services in Reproductive Health.
- Successfully advocating for the highest position at the Ministry of Health to recognise midwifery in its title as Director Nursing and Midwifery.
- Contributing to the first Bachelor of Science in Midwifery Curriculum development by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Encouraging private sector midwives to open their facilities for use as training grounds for student midwives.